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Nazi Concentration Camps

Published 1945

**This film contains extremely graphic scenes of human suffering, please exercise caution when viewing.**

Compilation footage of Nazi concentration camps in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The footage was gathered by the US Department of Defense as part of the effort to conduct war crimes trials.

This copy was dubbed from a video copy at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

National Archives Identifiers:

ARC: 43452
NAIL: 238.2

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Run time 00:56:51
Producer United States Army
Production Company United States Army
Audio/Visual sound, black and white


Reel 1:

Army Lt. Col. George C. Stevens, Navy Lt. E. Ray Kellogg and U.S. Chief of Counsel Robert H. Jackson read exhibited affidavits which attest to authenticity of scenes in film. Map of Europe shows locations of concentration camps in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovokia, Danzing, Denmark, France, Germany, Isle of Jersey, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland and Yugoslavia. At Leipsig Concentration Camp, there are piles of dead bodies, and many living Russian, Czechoslovakian, Polish and French prisoners. At Penig Concentration Camp, Hungarian women and others display wounds. Doctors treat patients and U.S. Red Cross workers move them to German Air Force hospital where their former captors are forced to care for them.

Reel 2:

At Ohrdruf Concentration Camp, inspection team composed of Allied military leaders, members of U.S. Congress and local townspeople tours camp. Among them are Generals Dwight David Eisenhower, Supreme Headquaters Allied Expeditionary Forces commander; Omar Nelson Bradley; and George S. Patten. General Eisenhower speaks with Congressmen. They see bodies heaped on grill at crematorium and Polish, Czechoslovakian, Russian, Belgian, German Jews and German political prisoners. Col. Heyden Sears, Combat Command A, 4th Armored Division commander, forces local townspeople to tour camp. U.S. officers arrive at Hadamar Concentration Camp, where Polish, Russian and German political and religious dissidents were murdered. Maj. Herman Boelke of U.S. War Crimes Investigation Team (WCIT) examines survivors. Bodies are exhumed from mass graves for examination, identification and burial. Four-man panel interviews facility director Dr. Waldman and chief male nurse Karl Wille.

Reel 3:

At Breendonck Concentration Camp, Belgium, methods of torture are demonstrated. At Harlan Concentration Camp near Hannover, U.S. Red Cross aides Polish survivors. Allied troops and able-bodied survivors bury dead. At Arnstadt Concentration Camp, German villagers are forced to exhume Polish and Russian bodies from mass graves.

Reel 4:

At Nordhausen Concentration Camp, there are piles of bodies. Troops treat, feed and remove survivors who are mainly Polish, Russian and French. At Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Navy Lt. Jack H. Taylor stands with fellow survivors and describes his capture, imprisonment and conditions at Mauthausen. Volunteers bathe victims.

Reel 5: At Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Army trucks arrive with aid for survivors. Piles of dead, mutilated and emaciated bodies. Some survivors among dead. Huge ovens and piles of bone ash on floor of crematorium. Civilians from nearby Weimar are forced to tour camp. They see exhibits of lampshades made of human skin, and two shrunken heads.

R.6: British commander of Royal Artillery describes conditions at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. German Army Schutzstaffel (SS) troops are forced to bury dead and aid survivors. Woman doctor, former prisoner, describes conditions in female section of camp. Belson commander Kramer is taken into custody. German guards bury dead. Bulldozer pushes piles of bodies into mass graves.


Reviewer: Apeism is Stupid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2014
Subject: A Very Sad Part of Human History...
No amount of Nazi sympathizing today will ever erase the atrocities the Nazis did in WWII. We should never forget, and find ways to prevent it... like not voting for Nazis, or people who are racists, into office.
Reviewer: Andreas Meyer - favorite - May 21, 2012
Subject: piece of propaganda
Obviously a cheap piece of the usual propaganda. Admittedly circumstances in a bombed out and collapsing Germany were ideal for that. Simply wait a while and then advance to camps that have been cut of from supplies over a longer period. Here you can take pictures of the starving, diseased and dead that you can work into your propaganda. If that isn't enough, bust in pictures of German prisoners you have starved yourself. The lie that these camps were "extermination camps" have been debunked long ago. Still it is peddled as such by Germanophobes, morons and Neomarxists all over the world.
Reviewer: Amanda King - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2010
Subject: Americans Forget
The same type of actions carried out against the Jewish people and others are now being carried out in America.
There is a new class of people which has been created and there is no limit to the degradation which is acceptable to heap upon them. The new class contains anyone who can successfully be labeled a SEX OFFENDER.
Not everyone who is labeled a sex offender has raped a baby.
Once labeled a sex offender, in the words of congressman Bobby Scott, Basically once a person is put on the public registry, their life is over.
Thank you for this film, it shows how far mankind can go in the horrific abuse of others.
Citizens for Change, America cfcamerica
Reviewer: GrandMan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2009
Subject: A must view for any living being
An intense insight into the horrors of humanity.
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